That small creek.

If you aren’t following my Instagram, you are missing out on the #waterfallselfie barrage that is occurring. Find me @roryseiter.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.33.15 AMThis tributary to the Stillaguamish has had fantastic fishing this summer. The flows are starting to finally drop so much that I will avoid this area for a while. There is small stream fishing and there is fishing that is detrimental to the fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.52 AMInstead, I am taking my friends on bushwhacking adventures and occasionally hook into some small fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.29 AMThe places that fly fishing takes us is well worth it. Sometimes it is sketchy, sometimes it is uncomfortable, most of the time it is just absolutely beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.45 AM

Cherry Creek Falls.

Having a Monday off, Hoang, Lando, and I decided to head out for a small local hike. We always like to find new places, so we chose Cherry Creek Falls from the Washington Trails Association website. It was a beautiful and easy hike in. Don’t forget to turn immediately after the largest creek crossing.Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.24.49 PM

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.44 PMWe were immediately greeted by this astonishing view.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.25.12 PMWhen the sun came out, we loved being in the water.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.25.22 PMHoang couldn’t help himself and had to climb to the top of the falls to check his Instagram. Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.33 PMWhile he was up there, this Water Ouzel kept me thoroughly entertained. Check out the hungry mouths that had to constantly be fed!

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.27.07 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.20 PMAll in all I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a close and easy hike near Seattle. Waterfalls, wildlife, and we never saw another person at the falls. Know of any other great hikes in the area? Leave them in the comments. Thanks!

November 20th – Mountains.

In the summer, I love to fish the creeks, river, and lakes in the mountains.

Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.26.40 AM Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.27.29 AM Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.27.49 AMIn the winter, we are out cross country or downhill skiing, snowboarding, or fishing in them still.

Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.31.17 AM Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.30.10 AMThe mountains are less populated all over the world. The high elevations of Washington, Hawai’i, Colorado and New Zealand have all impacted me. Go check your mountains out now!

 

Bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates.

 

 

Holy moly, these are good. We had something like this at In The Red recently.

Step one: Get dates. Costco has the best deals. But you have to remove the seed yourself.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.08 PMNext, push as much goat cheese as possible in the center. This is messy and it helps if you like to lick your fingers when you are finished. If not, find a dog that loves cheese. I have one that you can borrow.

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If you are feeling frisky, or want to add something special to these, you can push in some walnuts or almonds. This was supposed to replace the bacon for the vegetarian in the house. Nothing replaces bacon. And she didn’t complain when the bacon grease seeped onto her dates.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.50 PM

Wrapping bacon may also attract the attention of the local dog. He seems to know when the cheese or the bacon comes out of the fridge. The dog can be very smart when he wants to be.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.57 PM

After cooking the dates, the house smells like delicious bacon and cheese. The most difficult part is waiting until they are cooled enough to eat.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.47.09 PM
Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.47.17 PMHe may have gotten some bacon and cheese that night.

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Hiking Little Si

Leaving Seattle at 3:30 on Friday of Memorial Day weekend seemed like a bad idea. I knew that if we wanted to have some fun and beat the crowds, we would need to go somewhere close, but also somewhere out of town. As much as I can’t wait to have a bonfire at Golden Gardens or something that all of  the locals seem to enjoy, I keep heading East to the mountains. I was looking for the trailhead for Mt. Si, but putting “Mt. Si trailhead” into the map app in my phone led me to the Little Si trailhead. Either way, we were hiking. The Lando dog needed an adventure, so we went for it.

There is apparently some decent rock climbing out here at the Little Si. Remembering a lifetime ago when I was into that sort of thing, I was intrigued.

One of the things that I can’t get over is how fucking green everything is out here. I love Colorado and always will, but these lush forests are nothing like anything I have seen since Hawai’i. I see why people say that the northwest is so beautiful.

I love the Photosynth app. It takes great panorama pictures. But it makes me take pictures all of the time. This trail is awesome. Not long or strenuous, like Goldilocks, it is just right.

Lots of water, lots of mud. Bridges help to cross the too marshy areas. Photo highlights courtesy of the Camera Plus app.

The best picture of the summit of Little Si. These survey markers intrigue me. I always think that they are so cool.

In other news, school is nearly finished this quarter. Human Nutrition and Anatomy and Physiology 1 are about to be owned. I feel like a doctor due to all of the knowledge that I have acquired from this quarter. I just need to finish the next couple of weeks strong and I will be ready for summer. More fishing needs to occur.

Off the boat.

A lot of things have changed. My new place has apples growing outside and a fireplace that is attached to the thermostat. Lando enjoys chasing squirrels, birds, and neighborhood cats.

The fireplace.

The apples.

The dog.

That is about it for now. School starts soon. The holidays are about to start and hopefully end.